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PE Flying Squad recover hijacked vehicle, SAPS vehicles collide during chase

May 14, 2018
PE Flying Squad recover hijacked vehicle, SAPS vehicles collide during chase

A high speed police chase through Port Elizabeth ended in the arrest of a 27-year-old Sidwell man and the recovery of a hijacked Mini Cooper on Monday.

"The drama unfolded in the morning, at about 07:10, when a 32-year-old complainant stopped outside a school in 2nd Avenue, in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, to drop off her child," described police spokesperson, Colonel Priscilla Naidu.

"As the complainant got out of her vehicle, an unknown person confronted her, pushed her aside and got into her R500 000 vehicle and drove off."

She said that at about 12:00, Gelvandale police spotted the car in Malabar and requested assistance.

"The PE Flying Squad and PE K9 Unit responded and the high speed chase ensued.

"It is alleged that while pursuing the vehicle in Highfield Road, a vehicle suddenly  turned into the street, which caused the K9 unit vehicle to apply brakes to avoid a collision however a collision could not be avoided and the vehicle collided into the SAPS Gelvandale vehicle which in turn collided into a shop wall and overturned," she described.

"Four members (two from Gelvandale and two from K9 unit) sustained injuries and were transported to St Georges Hospital for medical attention

"PE Flying Squad continued in their pursuit of the hijacked vehicle and the driver fired one shot in an attempt to evade them. Members retaliated and fired several shots thus succeeding in bringing the vehicle to a halt in Grant Street, Sidwell."

Col Naidu said that one suspect was arrested and will be detained on a charge of attempted murder and possession of suspected stolen property.

The Provincial Commissioner, Lt Gen Liziwe Ntshinga has commended all the members who responded so speedily to the call for action and arrest. 

"Criminals must be aware that their activities are only temporary and we will be in their faces. There is nowhere to hide. It is unfortunate that our police members sustained injuries while in their pursuit however the safety of our communities and the protection of property  is a priority for the South African Police Service. I wish them a speedy recovery and applaud them for  carrying out their mandate of ensuring that criminals do not escape the long arm of the law," added Lt Gen Ntshinga.